The second full-length collection from award-winning poet Chris Dombrowski, "e;Earth Again "e;transports readers to an imaginative world where identity is explored and expanded. With a mixture of long poems and shorter pieces, Dombrowski probes birth, death, sex, memory, and our blessed but treacherous engagement with the natural world. While he writes from a number of points of view and employs both male and female speakers, much of the collection's singular insight centers around masculine identity and being a husband and a father. Readers come away transformed, "e;like the land / gasping as it does each late winter evening when / the sky at tree line, nearly sapphiric, goes black,"e; as these poems prove Dombrowski to be a truly original American voice.
Comprised of three sections-each of which concludes with a long poem-"e;Earth Again "e;presents a range of narrative and emotions in dexterous rhythms, unexpected shifts, and unforgettable metaphors. Dombrowksi introduces readers to arresting images like "e;the parataxis of her ass,"e; "e;cerulean, alchemical light,"e; "e;Molly with the sun in her mouth,"e; and "e;labyrinthine, lanky-stemmed, dew-magnified"e; leaves. These details combine with Dombrowski's note-perfect language, which alternates between the most colloquial and the most elevated of diction. Readers will be challenged to consider spirituality alongside Scooby-Doo Band-aids, and to meditate on death after the mower has chewed up a plastic dinosaur, as Dombrowski revels in exploring our connection to the environment and one another.
Fans of Dombrowski's previous collection, "e;By Cold Water "e;(which was noted as a contemporary poetry bestseller by the Poetry Foundation in 2009), "e; "e;along with other poets and poetry lovers will appreciate the attention to detail and the imaginative intensity of the poems in "e;Earth Again."e;